Big change coming to NCAA's power conferences

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POSTED: Thursday, August 7, 2014 - 12:28pm

UPDATED: Thursday, August 7, 2014 - 6:59pm

The NCAA Board of Directors voted overwhelmingly in support of giving the SEC, PAC-12, BIG 12, BIG TEN and ACC the ability to set their own rules relating to student-athlete benefits.

The proposal passed 16-2. The big five conferences can now vote on and enact policies without the approval of the NCAA or other Division I schools.

LSU head coach Les Miles weighs in on the subject in the video above.

The new policy is likely to formally begin in January 2015, at the NCAA convention.

The 65 schools in the “Big 5” conferences (listed above) have sometimes been restricted because smaller Division I schools and conferences banded together to prevent proposals from moving through the NCAA’s approval process that they could not afford.

Student-athletes in the power conferences could see increases in scholarships to cover the whole cost of attendance and not just tuition, room and board, improved health care and guaranteeing student-athletes four year scholarships.

Critics say this move would widen the gap between the power conferences and the other smaller conferences.


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